Friday Night Lights are no longer are reserved for high schools across the nation. College football now has a regular slate of games on Friday night all season, and these aren’t just your run of the mill weekday Group of 5 matchups.
Nope, the Power 5, especially the PAC-12, have begun to regularly appear on Friday nights as well. Below we have everything you need to wager on Friday night football. We have Friday night odds, strategies, key matchups and the full schedule.
Friday Night College Football Betting Strategies
Just like any other midweek football nights, these are typically high scoring games so looking at the over/under each week will be key.
Now there aren’t many midweek MACtion games on Friday, those are typically reserved for Tuesday and Wednesday nights once the conference portion of the schedule comes around, but the PAC-12, Mountain West and American Athletic conferences are all over the Friday schedule and those conferences can score just as much.
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Right off of the bat you can see two of the favorites to win the Big Ten get their seasons started, an in-state rivalry and one of the top teams in the Mountain West take on a PAC-12 power.
Michigan State welcomes Utah State to start the season at 7 p.m. followed by Wisconsin welcoming Western Kentucky at 9 p.m.
Also at 9 p.m., San Diego State, coming off of a 10-win season, will travel to Stanford. Another Mountain West and PAC-12 matchup begins at 9:30 p.m. when Colorado visits Colorado State in the Rocky Mountain Showdown, which the Buffs have won three straight times.
Week 2 brings us another rivalry, a classic from the old Southwest Conference, as TCU and SMU fight for the Iron Skillet. The Horned Frogs have won six straight and will be favored to make it seven, but rivalries are always fun.
In Week 3 we go south for an American Athletic Conference vs. Sun Belt matchup as Memphis, favored to win the West Division of the AAC, takes on Georgia State, picked third in the East Division of the Sun Belt.
Week 4 brings a fun slate of Power 5 games with a PAC-12 showdown between USC and Washington State following a Big Ten game between Illinois and Penn State. However, the marquee game comes from the Group of 5 when UCF hosts defending C-USA champs, Florida Atlantic.
Week 5 has another PAC-12 matchup between two South Division teams when UCLA takes on Colorado. These two teams have played some exciting games since 2014 starting with a double overtime win by the Bruins and two other four point wins for UCLA, in 2016 the Buffaloes won by 10.
Week 6 produces another rivalry game out of Utah when BYU takes on Utah State for the Old Wagon Wheel. We also get an ACC matchup between two middle of the road teams as Georgia Tech and Louisville both look to move up the division standings.
Another strong Group of 5 game for Week 6 comes from C-USA as two teams battling to challenge FAU for the East Division, Middle Tennessee State and Marshall, go head-to-head.
Week 7 has three games, and although two look to be clunkers — South Florida vs Tulsa and SDSU against Air Force — but the PAC-12 has a big game to make up for those. The two teams looking to knock off USC, Arizona and Utah go head-to-head in Utah. This game should go a long way in deciding who represents the South in the PAC-12 title game.
Week 8 will be Mountain West night when Boise State hosts Colorado State and Air Force and UNLV go up against each other.
Week 9 has a big slate. Out of C-USA, FAU goes up against Louisiana Tech to begin the night. Miami travels to Boston College in an ACC showdown and the Big Ten joins the action with Indiana against Minnesota. Out West, Wyoming and Colorado State face off in a big Mountain West game and Utah and UCLA will match up in Pac-12 action.
Week 10 features an ACC game between Pittsburgh and Virginia. C-USA has Western Kentucky taking on MTSU while the PAC-12 sends out Colorado and Arizona.
Week 11 has the game of the season in the Mountain West when Boise State and Fresno State, two division favorites, face each other. It very likely will be a preview of the Mountain West championship game. Louisville and Syracuse will also duke it out.
Week 12 has an AAC matchup between Memphis and SMU and a Mountain West game between Boise State and New Mexico, which looks to be a blowout.
Week 13, the day after Thanksgiving, is always a big day in college football — the Big Ten, Big 12, PAC-12 and SEC are all in action. Texas and Kansas probably won’t be a great game, but the Heroes Trophy between Iowa and Nebraska is on the line, the Battle Line Rivalry between Arkansas and Missouri, the Civil War between Oregon and Oregon State and the the Apple Cup between Washington and Washington State are on the line. Not to mention, Oklahoma and West Virginia will play in Morgantown in game that will prove key for the Big 12 race.
The Friday night schedule concludes during conference championship week when the Mid-American Conference and PAC-12 decide its champions before the bowl season begins.
College Football Friday Night Odds and Schedule
Syracuse at Western Michigan, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
LINE: Syracuse -6
Monmouth at Eastern Michigan, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN+)
Utah State at Michigan State, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
LINE: Michigan State -22.5
Army at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
LINE: Duke -13.5
Western Kentucky at Wisconsin, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
LINE: Wisconsin -34.5
San Diego State at Stanford, 9 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
LINE: Stanford -14.5
Colorado at Colorado State, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
LINE: Colorado -7.5
TCU at SMU, 8 p.m. (ESPN 2)
Pick: TCU -22.5
Georgia State at Memphis, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Pick: Memphis -25.5
Florida Atlantic at UCF, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Pick: Central Florida -14.5
Penn State at Illinois, 9 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Pick: Illinois +26
Washington State at USC, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Pick: USC -4
Memphis at Tulane, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Pick: Memphis -14
UCLA at Colorado, 9 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1
Pick: Colorado -11.5
Georgia Tech at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Pick: Georgia Tech -3.5
Middle Tennessee State at Marshall, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Pick: Marshall -7
Utah State at BYU, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Pick: Utah State +2.5
#23 South Florida at Tulsa, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Air Force at San Diego State, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
Pick: Air Force +10
Arizona at Utah, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
Pick: Arizona +13.5
Colorado State at Boise State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
The Rams have never beaten Boise State (0-7) and have covered in just three of their last 14 games. That could explain why the Broncos are favored by 23.5.
But the Broncos have been favored in all of their games this year and are just 4-2. They were double-digit favorites in their last three games but went 1-2 against the spread and lost to San Diego State outright.
Though the Rams are winless in Boise, that’s where the closest games between these two have been. Boise State only won one of three matchups by more than 24 and that was in 2012. The Buffalos keep this one close as well.
Pick: Colorado State +23.5
Air Force at UNLV, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
Air Force comes into this matchup having covered in their last two games while UNLV has lost two in a row against the spread. But the Rebels are 4-2 against the spread in their last six meetings with Air Force and 4-1 against the spread in their last six home meetings.
However, UNLV is also considered one of the worst teams in the nation. Their only wins were over UTEP (arguably the worst team in the FBS) and Prairie View, a mediocre FCS team. Air Force has played close games with tougher opponents. They hung with a tough Utah State team on the road — in the same spot, UNLV lost by 31.
The Falcons seem to be a clearly better team but the line hasn’t reached two touchdowns yet. They should be the latest team to enjoy a huge win over UNLV.
Pick: Air Force -13
Louisiana Tech at Florida Atlantic, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Miami at Boston College, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Indiana at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Wyoming at Colorado State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
Utah at UCLA, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Pittsburgh at Virginia, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Western Kentucky at Mid Tenn State, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
Colorado at Arizona, 10:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Louisville at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Fresno State at Boise State, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN2)
Memphis at SMU, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Boise State at New Mexico, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
Nebraska at Iowa, Noon (FOX)
Texas at Kansas, Noon (Fox Sports 1)
Arkansas at Missouri, 2:30 p.m. (CBS)
Oregon at Oregon State, 4 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Oklahoma at West Virginia, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Washington at Washington State, 8:30 p.m. (FOX)
MAC Championship, TBA (ESPN2)
PAC-12 Championship, TBA (FOX)